Review of: Whiskey and Moonshine by Elizabeth Noble

TITLE: Whiskey and Moonshine
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Noble
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Jan 15, 2019

BLURB:

Drunk on love.
Like a well-aged whiskey, master distiller and old-money entrepreneur Malone Kensington is elegant and refined. Unfortunately he’s also a perfectionist who is more dedicated to the success of his generations-old company than his own love life.
That company needs a public spokesman.
What Colton Hale lacks in sophistication, he more than makes up for with the charisma that’s allowed him to survive on the street from a young age and charm his way into the lucrative—if overwhelming—public position at the Kensington Distillery. When Mal takes Colt under his wing, hoping to polish off his rough edges, opposites attract and a passionate romance blossoms despite the differences in age and background. But can it survive a Kensington Board of Directors who believe Colt is nothing but a gold digger and a kidnapper determined to profit from the love of Mal’s life—dead or alive?


Malone Kensington is the owner of the Kensington Distillery and Still House. He runs his company with passion, he loves brewing his whiskey, but he’s very bad at socializing with any other human being.

Colton Hale has been on the street since he was 15 years old after his parents kicked him out for being gay. He survived as much as he could, until his last beating. Colton leaves Toledo with the hope to start over somewhere else. When he has the opportunity to become the spokesman to Kensington Distillery, Colt doesn’t back down and works hard to achieve his goal.

Malone will take Colton under his wing, helping him to become who he really wants, but the attraction between them is beyond a simple friendship. Mal and Colt will have to face the prejudice of their past, their fears, and all their difference to be together.
Whiskey and Moonshine by Elizabeth Noble was a sweet read that I enjoyed a lot.

Malone isn’t the typical “asshole” boss. He often referred himself like that, but I thought he was kind, gentle and protective of the people he loves. He’s funny and smart, and I love how he is with Colt, how he respects his boundaries and how he takes care of him. I completely melted for Malone.

Colton is adorable, strong, and brave. After what he’s been through, he still works hard to have a good and honest life. He is honest, I really loved it about him, and he doesn’t hide his past, what he had to do in order to survive on the street. He’s fresh and kind of naïve, but not so naïve either. I loved him, I loved his honesty, his kindness, and his strength.

The book and the plot were good, simple, well-constructed and easy to follow. The characters were adorable, and it was easy to bond with them and most of all to love them. I also love the writing, the author gave us a lot of details and description in the book, but it wasn’t boring or too long. I really enjoyed it. It was well described, and the author must have done a lot of researching before. I appreciated that.

It’s 4 OptimuMM for Mal, Colt, and their Moonshine.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Amber Krogh

Review of: Drama Castle by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Drama Castle
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: Nicky and Noah Mystery
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Mystery / Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Feb 1, 2019

BLURB:

Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing a historical film at a castle in Scotland, co-starring his spouse, theatre professor Noah Oliver, and their son Taavi. When historical accuracy disappears along with hunky men in kilts, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is pitching residents of Conall Castle off the drawbridge and into the moat, before Nicky and Noah land in the dungeon. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining seventh novel in this delightful series. Take your seats. The curtain is going up on steep cliffs, ancient turrets, stormy seas, misty moors, manly men, malfunctioning kilts, and murder!


Nicky, Noah, and their son, Taavi, are back for a new adventure in Scotland.
Nicky is hired by Barclay Conall, owner of Conall Castle, to realize the movie adaptation of his book. While shooting the movie, Nicky and Noah are caught in the middle of a family drama full of jealousy, dark secrets, and resentment.
When the cast starts to get murdered, Nicky and Noah have no choice but to finish the film and find out who is the murderer.
It’s not a secret that I adore Joe Cosentino’s books and writing. I was more than happy to read a new adventure of my favorite Sherlock and Holmes.

Nicky and Noah are, like usual, a fabulous team as parents, teachers, and directors. In every aspect of their life together, Nicky and Noah complete each other perfectly. When they decide to come to Scotland with their son, Taavi, their friends Martin and Ruben, and Noah’s parents, Bonnie and Scott, they expect to realize a movie and enjoy a family vacation. But because we’re talking about Nicky and Noah, secrets, jealousy, and murder will happen on and out of the stage.

I love how they jump in the investigation to find out who the murderer is. I love how the author reveals some family secret, and not a little one, I didn’t see it coming if you want the truth. I love how dynamic and funny the story was. It was a big roller coaster. If you start it, you’re in it for the whole ride.

The writing was good, fresh, dynamic, full of fun, pun and politic’s references that only Joe Cosentino can do.
I gladly recommend this book. It’s a fun read full of sarcasm and love.

4 OptimuMM’s for my favorite family. Bravo!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The CEO’s Christmas Manny” by Angela McAllister

TITLE: The CEO’s Christmas Manny
AUTHOR: Angela McAllister
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 222 pages
RELEASE DATE: Dec 18, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 -paperback

BLURB:

Anything but business as usual.
Billionaire CEO Nic Price lives for his job. With sales down and grumbling from the board of directors—including Nic’s permanently dissatisfied father—the last thing Nic needs is distraction from the new manny, whose freewheeling approach to childcare is outlandish… and who makes Nic feel things he’s never allowed himself to feel.
Ex-teacher Sasha Lindsey is all about fun—that’s the reason people love him, so he has to be. After a bad break-up leaves him jobless and homeless, the live-in manny job with Mr. Price seems like a windfall. But his chemistry with Nic is off the charts, and he can’t afford another workplace romance disaster.
Can Nic leave his dominance in the bedroom and open his heart to the best thing that’s ever happened to him? Or will Sasha’s leap of faith backfire and ruin his chances at the family happily ever after he’s always dreamed of?


Nicholas Price is the CEO of the family enterprise. He lives for his job, he lives to meet his parents’ expectations, and he doesn’t have time for his nephew and niece that he raised since his sister’s death four years ago. Nic needs a nanny to take care of the children while he kills himself at work.

Sasha Lindsey is a passionate Math teacher who lost his job, home and boyfriend at the same time. He accepted the position as the manny for the Price’s family thinking it will help him to find a new job and stability in his life.
Nic and Sasha are meant to be together, but while one can gain everything, the other can lose everything. Does that mean they can’t find an equilibrium and be happy? That’s what they will have to figure out.

The CEO’s Christmas Manny by Angela McAllister is my first book from the author, and I liked it.
Nic is the perfect archetype of the billionaire CEO, cold, hard, and a workaholic. Four years ago, he became the guardian of his nephew and niece after his sister’s death, but Nic struggles hard with the kids. He’s completely lost, and through the years, he’s become a perfect stranger to them.

Sasha Lindsey is passionate about his job teaching Math, but because of his disastrous break up with his ex-boyfriend, Sasha lost everything including his job and home—except his truck. He accepted the position as the Manny because it was a perfect way for him to find his balance again. He didn’t expect to meet a broken family, sad and hurt kids and an iceman as an uncle. Sasha will work hard to put this family back together, help the kids and their uncle to become a family again.

I love Sasha more than Nic. I liked Nic, but he was a big A**** with Sasha and the kids. He was so mean and cruel that I want to beat him to death, but Nic had a lot of fears and trauma from his childhood and his parents, and thank god when he realized how wrong he was, he did everything to make it up to the people he loves. Sasha got me from the beginning, he’s so beautiful, generous and kind with everyone but himself. He’s a natural caretaker, he’s used to taking care of others, but no one did it for him. I really loved Sasha.

The book was good and the plot easy to follow. The only thing that bothered me was that the feelings weren’t well developed, the feelings between Sasha and Nic as well as the connection between Sasha and the kids. How Sasha bonded with them for example, or how Nic and Sasha realized they were falling for each other, all of this was a bit messy. We follow how hot they were hot for each other, but not much more actually, just like all the scenes with Sasha and the kids are with Nic with them (except for two).

The book was good, don’t get me wrong, but I missed a deeper connection between the characters that’s all. Anyway, I will read the next one in this series for sure, especially if it’s about Percy.

It’s 3.5 stars for the CEO and his Manny

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Saving Hannah” by J.P. Barnaby

TITLE: Saving Hannah
AUTHOR: J.P. Barnaby
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Dec 18, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book /$14.99 –paperback

BLURB:

Thomas Aberthol’s luck has run out. His daughter, Hannah, needs a miracle he can’t deliver. A hacker with a felony record, Thomas has little chance of finding work that will provide the care she needs. Out of money, out of options, and out of hope, he throws himself on the mercy of someone he never thought to see again.
Even after ten years, Aleksander Sanna still dreams of that drunken kiss. A perfect moment in time when Thomas wanted him. In his world of elegant code and high finance, the picture he holds of Thomas torments him in the dark of night.
Their worlds collide as Thomas interviews for the job he so desperately needs with the company Aleks inherited from his father. Thomas doesn’t get the position, but Aleks offers him a completely different kind of proposal, one suited to Thomas’s unique talents…one that will change the course of both their lives.


When it comes to a romance novel with kids, I’m a sucker. When I read the blurb of this book, I knew I was in for a good read. Damn, I was right!
Little Hannah is sick, she needs intensive medical care for her to stay alive. Her father Thomas is an ex-felon who can’t find a job. He would do anything, anything to save his daughter.

Thomas had a very good reputation as a programmer until he decided that the company who he was working for had a very unstable firewall that could compromise their clients. So he proves it by hacking in their own system. His arrogance backfires, and he’s convicted and sent to prison. Now back, not only can’t he find a job, his daughter’s life is in danger as well. He’s desperately going from one interview to another with no hope whatsoever. Until one day he was called back for a second interview. His hope is back, and he’s so confident that his luck is turning around, and maybe he can save not only Hannah but the house he’s living in. That confident smile froze on his face upon meeting the owner of the company, Aleksander Sanna, his ex-roommate from college from whom he ran away after one drunk night.

Aleksander Sanna sees the opportunity to establish his role as the next CEO in his late father’s company. He knows that his father’s death wasn’t an accident. Upon seeing Tom’s name, whom he never forgot, who has hunted his dreams, he knows this is his last chance to secure Tom in his life. He knows everything about Tom; his time in jail, his daughter’s medical condition, and even the threat of losing the house him, his daughter and mother lives in. But when Tom accepts his offer to marry him, out of despair, Aleks realizes that maybe the way he approached Tom wasn’t the right one, he fears that Tom will do “anything”, even against Tom’s own desire, to save his daughter.

I loved every word of this book. Its angsty, its hot…

This book touches a borderline of gay-for-you and no-con situation (I mean the offer). I recommend it wholeheartedly!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Sunshine in the Dragon’s Heart” by Jaime Samms

TITLE: Sunshine in the Dragon’s Heart
AUTHOR: Jaime Samms
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: High Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 226 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

When Sunny retires to the northern Ontario wilderness to mourn his parents’ deaths, he’s hoping the change of scenery will afford him some peace and quiet.
His hopes are soon spectacularly dashed.
In self-imposed exile, dragon Emile runs across the Fold between his dimension and Sunny’s—and right into Sunny’s arms. Centuries out of touch with human culture, bright, beautiful Emile incinerates any hope Sunny had for an ordinary existence. With dryads and water sprites coming to life all around them, Sunny can’t deny the magic Emile brings to his life—or his heart. But that same magic leads the unrelenting dragon who would keep Emile captive right to them. To save his love, Sunny will have to reach deep and find some magic of his own.


Sunshine in the Dragon’s Heart is a part of the Dreamspinner Press house line—Perchance to Dream series. This book had the potential to be a five-star read. However, between the super slow pace of the book and having problems with not being able to visualize some of the mystical creatures in the book even with the overabundant of details in their description and not being able to understand important parts of the book like the whole dragon egg bearer history, I had to give this book a three.

At one point I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to finish the book. That was at about the sixty-five percent point. But I hate not finishing a book, and I was glad that I persisted since I loved the book from about the eighty-five percent point to the end. The book even managed to make me cry. But I just couldn’t get over the pacing of the book. It kept putting me to sleep.

Sunny is supposed to be retiring to the northern Ontario wilderness to mourn his parents’ deaths, but he is portrayed more as a recluse—somebody that can’t stand to be around people in general and especially his sister. He does show moments of being sad about his parents, but he is too focused on the severely underweight man that he finds in his shed and nourishes back to health.

Emile is likable enough. He has exiled himself to the human world to get away from his clutch mate, Hakko, who wants Emile to be his egg bearer and carry his offspring which is forbidden since they are too closely related and the offspring would be too powerful. But Hakko in his quest for power has gone power mad and can’t see how it will only lead to the destruction of dragons like what had happened in the past which has led to how careful they are with raising the eggs for other clutches and what not. He didn’t anticipate how hard it would be to live in his bipedal form or his attraction to the human, Sunny, who found him and nursed him back to health and allowed him to stay at his house.

I also got tired of them chasing after the dog through the wilderness. It was used a lot and felt almost like a storyline crutch. I found the history of the dragons that Emile tries to explain to Sunny was confusing. I wasn’t sure if all of the dragons could be egg bearers in their soft scaled forms and essence givers in their hard scaled forms or not. I finally just figured that if they were in their soft scaled forms that they had female characteristics and if they were in there hard scaled form they had masculine characteristics. But like I said it was kind of confusing. I did like the interactions between Emile and Sunny. And I liked the Glimmerleaf, the mystical salamander, and Fernforest, the dog, and the dryads, pixies, and brownies.

Overall it the book had potential to be great, but it wasn’t executed properly.

***The ARC was provided by DSP Publication . My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis